Apps

  • iPhone App Downloads Drop In July, Incentivized Install Crackdown To Blame (Thank?)

    iPhone App Downloads Drop In July, Incentivized Install Crackdown To Blame (Thank?)

    Marketing technology company Fiksu has released new data that shows a downward trend in mobile application installations on iPhone. The increase, in broad terms, is marginal, given the size of the iPhone’s user base, but any non-upward movement is curious. Says Fiksu, there was a drop from 4.505 million iPhone app installs per day in June to 4.25 million app installations per day in July. Read More

  • Epson Brings Its iPrint App To Android

    Epson Brings Its iPrint App To Android

    Though the digital world seems to be swallowing print alive, there are still some documents that you just want to hold in your hand. But with the speed and ease at which we share information these days, it’s hard for printing to keep up as far as convenience goes. Epson’s tried to find a way to make printing as quick and painless as possible with its iPrint app, which has… Read More

  • The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The U.S. government is no stranger the to app game: they’ve developed over 50 smartphone apps and mobile sites for everyday use, ranging from apps that find local alternative fueling stations to ones that can identify leaves you’ve photographed. The federal app arsenal runs the gamut for sure, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The USA.gov blog has announced that until… Read More

  • W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    Monetization and distribution network for app developers, W3i, is today announcing a program specifically for iOS Game Developers. The new service, now in beta, is simply being called “Games Platform,” the company says. And its goal will be to solve the challenges facing game developers such as server set-up, maintenance, security, storefronts and analytics. Read More

  • AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature

    AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature

    The more mobile apps come out, the bigger the discovery problem gets for users: Apple, for example, recently announced they have 425,000 apps in the App Store. Rankings, recommendations from platform providers or search often bring unsatisfying results – a pain that an app called AppGrooves [version 2.0, free on iTunes] now tries to solve. Read More

  • iOS App Scans Printed Music Notes, Plays Them In Real-Time (Video)

    iOS App Scans Printed Music Notes, Plays Them In Real-Time (Video)

    I am extremely unmusical (on the verge of being tone-deaf) so I can’t decide whether this new iPhone app is good or bad: Japan-based musical instrument maker Kawai has developed a camera app that scans music notes printed on paper and plays them back in real-time. Dubbed Gakufu Camera [JP], the app is said to be the first of its kind. Read More

  • Kiss Me On The Bus: This App Crowdsources Bus Locations

    Kiss Me On The Bus: This App Crowdsources Bus Locations

    A new app by Carnegie Mellon researchers Anthony Tomasic and John Zimmerman in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, allows bus riders to track their current location while riding the bus and, in turn, share this information with people who are still waiting, thereby creating a more complete map and schedule of bus routes and times. The app, Tiramisu, is free but, sadly, it only works… Read More

  • All Is Right With The World: EBook Apps Back On The iPad

    All Is Right With The World: EBook Apps Back On The iPad

    Yesterday’s “Everybody panic!” is today’s “Meh.” B&N, Amazon, and Google Books have all taken pains to make it abundantly clear that you can only buy their ebooks from the e-store “through the Safari browser on their device or any computer” (to quote B&N) and have removed direct links to those stores from their iPad apps. In this way… Read More

  • iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    At the beginning of the year, Apple said it wanted 30% of everything sold through the iPad platform. You could sell almost anything – books, downloadable content, magazines, pictures of kittens – but, according to their subscription rules, everything had to go through Apple itself and you could not, in short, go out to a web page to complete the transaction. That promise –… Read More

  • We&Co: These Are The People In Your Neighborhood (Bar, Coffee Shop, Etc.)

    We&Co: These Are The People In Your Neighborhood (Bar, Coffee Shop, Etc.)

    Are you friends with your local barkeep, barista, or leather salesman? We&Co is a way to let them know you care. This iPhone app, launched on July 15, allows businesses to register their employees and then visitors can rate those employees (with an emphasis on positive criticism) and add them to your “favorite people” collection. Think of it as Yelp with considerably more… Read More

  • Fujitsu Tech Lets You Send Apps To Users At Specific Times And Places

    Fujitsu Tech Lets You Send Apps To Users At Specific Times And Places

    I am not really sure if there are that many use cases for a solution like this, but here we go: Fujitsu has developed a “platform technology” that makes it possible to push applications and data to devices at specific times and places. Users can access these applications on smartphones, tablets or PCs until they leave the place in question or a pre-determined usage time runs up… Read More

  • Bringing Down The Satellites: Stargazing App Adds 8,000 Man-made Objects

    Bringing Down The Satellites: Stargazing App Adds 8,000 Man-made Objects

    Star Walk, an Astronomy guide, just released an update that includes over 8,000 manmade objects including navigation, weather, and “special interest” satellites. That means for $2.99 ($4.99 for iPad) I can finally follow the FBI satellites as they track my every move while beaming messages directly into my skull. Read More

  • On Voicefeed iOS App Lets You Customize Voicemail Greetings Based On Who's Calling

    On Voicefeed iOS App Lets You Customize Voicemail Greetings Based On Who's Calling

    Most of you will agree when I say that one of the coolest features of Google+ is Circles, which lets you create groups of people to share specific things with, rather than sharing with everyone in your network by default. Today I came across an iOS app that basically has the same system in place, but for voicemail. It’s called On Voicefeed and it lets you build groups (family, friends… Read More

  • MobileApps.com Wants To Be The Adsense For Mobile Apps

    MobileApps.com Wants To Be The Adsense For Mobile Apps

    Many mobile app developers share a significant problem: getting their products discovered among the hundreds of thousands of apps i.e. the App Store or the Android Market currently boast. According to a recent report by Nielsen, just 58% of smartphone users actually use the stores on their handsets to search for new apps. Enter MobileApps.com, which officially launched today and describes… Read More

  • Marathon Now Available For iPad

    Just a quick heads-up: that iPad version of Marathon (Bungie’s classic Mac FPS) is now available to be downloaded to your very own little iPad. And it’s free! Free, I tell you! If you haven’t ever played the game, I’d actually recommend playing it the way it’s meant to be played first (there are ports available and the game is free), but if you don’t mind… Read More

  • BeenVerified Takes Background Checks Mobile With A New Android App And An iOS Rerelease

    Background checks are now fully mobile, thanks BeenVerified‘s new app for Android and the re-release of the app on iOS. The Background Check App does exactly as you might expect: It pulls data from BeenVerified’s site and allows you to check up on the people you know through name queries or email addresses. Users can check up on their contacts with one click, allowing you to see… Read More

  • Discovr Launches Awesome Tool To Find New Apps For iOS (Think Interactive Graphs)

    At WWDC 2011, Apple announced that there are now more than 400K apps in its app store (and that more than 500K have been approved). The Android Marketplace has around 300K apps and is growing fast. The point is: There are a lot apps out there already, and more hit app stores every day. They’re going like hotcakes. But finding and discovering new apps that you actually care about? Eh, not… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Worms 2 Armageddon On iOS For A Buck


    I’ll keep this short. We reviewed Worms 2 Armageddon for the iPad a while back and found it a worthy title in the series, worth the $5 price of admission. And now that you can get it for 99 cents, that recommendation is even easier to give. Head over to the iTunes Store to pick it up. Read More

  • All's Well That Ends Well: Kid Whose Code Was Stolen By Ad Firm Releases iPhone App

    Remember the kid who wrote a little asteroids game that lets you blow up things in your browser? And then remember how BBDO in Denmark stole the code and made an M&Ms game? Well, it looks like open source is alive and well because Erick, the creator, is selling his cute little game for 99 cents (it basically lets you blow up web pages on the iPhone and iPad). Read More

  • Native Apps Or Web Apps? Particle Code Wants You To Do Both

    When it comes to app development for mobile devices, cross-platform implementation is the new hot thing. Developers have long struggled with fragmentation across operating systems, when they want to just be able to create one app and blast it out on every platform imaginable. Businesses like Heroku and Appcelerator, and gaming versions like Game Closure (and many others) collectively make… Read More